Oh my hell! "balanZ"! Will I ever achieve it?? I love the smoothness and peacefulness of "balanZ", especially the calming brown background. And the deliciousness of red that grounds me. This was the very first image I ever printed.
When I began my healing process from memories of childhood abuse, I would do a lot of emotional work around abundance. I was in such need of an "abundanZ" of love, especially self love, peace, time, family, a better relationship with my hubby, my talents, groundedness, ideas . . . And of course, a bit of "green" abundance is always nice too! So when I painted it, I began with a strong impasto white stroke. White is the complete energy of light. It is clear and explicitly manifests. Opening up the energy for abundance--leading me to my new way of life.
Action! - chakraZ™
Red is the color of passion, energy and "Action!". When I first started painting, I was drawn to paint on metal and acrylic. I just loved how my paints would glide on their surface. I purchased red acrylic platters at Z Gallerie then drove down to a local steel mill and found a pile of red aluminum sheets that were 1 cent each. I bought them all. For some reason, I just needed red.
Discovering that RED is associated with the root or 1st chakra, and is powerfully linked to our most primitive physical and emotional needs of survival and self-preservation--I then understood my intuitive choice for RED. I was barely surviving in those days. Working through memories of childhood abuse. And painting RED gave me the courage and change to take "Action!".Giving me back my power, will, and desires. Really . . . giving me back my life.
This paint stroke reminds me of a Hershey's kiss. Or a flame on a candle.
Alive! - chakraZ™
It was a very cold winter and I was suffering a bit from seasonal depression. So I went into my studio and created 3 paintings on anodized aluminum. One was "Alive!" Red is the color of vitality and physical health--the outgoing positive “yes to life” attitude. I needed a jumpstart. I only used two red paint colors for the original of this print--they blended beautifully. I loved how the thick paint settled as a circle in the middle. I used a high gloss paint, and it dried glossy. I have invented tools to paint strokes anywhere from 3' to 30'--so I can paint in one motion. Almost looks like I used a spinning tool, but it was just my hands, my tool, and my energy!
allure - chakraZ™
I love sherbet. Always have. These colors make me happy and refreshed like on a hot summer day. One of my clients called it "soul's orgasm". I have to say, that sounds more like "allure" than sherbet!
AMERICA STRONG - chakraZ™
I painted my patriotic images right after the Boston Marathon bombing. My sister was running in the marathon, and our family was frantic to know her whereabouts when we heard the breaking news. Once we finally got a hold of her, she told us she had crossed the finish line 20 minutes before. We were so thankful for the first responders and that she was safe! How grateful I am to live in the "home of the BRAVE" and the "land of the FREE" and be part of "AMERICA STRONG".
As America begins to open up the country from COVID-19, AMERICA STRONG is my vision of the energy of our country and people moving forward with strength (red), a clean slate (white), confidence and unity (blue). As we have done so many times before in the wake of adversity. With God and the Universe by our sides. We are AMERICA STRONG!!!